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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Mansfield’s Chris Cummings and Dave Sanford named PSAC Winter Top Ten Scholar-Athlete

MANSFIELD – Mansfield University track standouts Chris Cummings (Mansfield/Mansfield) and Dave Sanford (Mifflinville/Mifflinville) have been selected as two of the Top Ten student-athletes in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) for the winter sports season.

The announcement was made this afternoon by the PSAC office.

Mansfield and Clarion were the only schools with two selections.

The Top Ten Awards, selected by the PSAC’s sports information directors, recognize student-athletes who distinguish themselves in the classroom, as well as in the arena of competition. The conference designates Top Ten Award winners after each of the sports seasons: fall, winter and spring.

To be a candidate for the Top Ten Awards, a student-athlete must have achieved a minimum of a 3.25 cumulative grade point average and must be a starter or key reserve with legitimate athletic credentials. Only student-athletes from the winter sports season are eligible for the Winter Top Ten Awards. Those sports are: wrestling, men’s and women’s basketball, men's and women's swimming, and men’s and women’s indoor track & field.

At the end of the academic year, the league announces the Scholar-Athlete Awards, which recognize student-athletes on all PSAC squads with 3.25 cumulative GPAs or better. Additionally, the PSAC names the top Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of Year, recently renamed the Pete Nevins Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year.

Chris Cummings
Graduate Student, Mansfield
Indoor Track (Mansfield/Mansfield)
... Cummings graduated in May with a 3.86 grade point average in physics and has returned as a graduate student achieving a 4.0 in his first semester.  He is a three-time PSAC Scholar-Athlete selection.  Cummings won the PSAC indoor championship in the mile run, marking the second time in his career that he won the title.  He was also the relay leg on the PSAC championship distance medley relay team.  The Mountaineer runner advanced to the NCAA Division II Championship in both the mile and the distance medley relay.  Cummings finished second in the race by .01 seconds, earning All-America honors.  He was named the co-MVP of the PSAC Championship and was selected as the PSAC Male Track Athlete of the Year.  Cummings has also earned the Mansfield University Presidential Scholar Athlete Award seven times.


Dave Sanford

Senior, Mansfield

Indoor Track (Mifflinville/Mifflinville)…  Sanford owns a 3.94 GPA in physics/education.  The Mountaineer senior took the top spot in the 800 meters at the PSAC Indoor Championship.  He was also a member of the PSAC Indoor championship distance medley relay team that competed in the distance medley relay at Nationals, just missing out on an All-America certificate with a ninth-place finish.  He is a three-time Mansfield University Presidential Scholar Athlete and two-time PSAC Scholar Athlete.



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